WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Tens

[LL] “The Tens run from to 2008 to 2011”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Peter Eastgate

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Peter Eastgate

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Peter “Isser” Eastgate
Born: 1985/12/13 (Denmark)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2008)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $11,131,450
Quote: “I do not think I have realized yet what a big moment this is. It will come the next days and weeks. I expect I will get emotional about it later. But not as much now … I was not focusing on the records I could break. I just concentrated on the game.” — Peter Eastgate (2008; specifically referring to becoming the youngest WSOP Main Event champ).
  • At 22 years of age, became the youngest WSOP Main Event champ, breaking Phil Hellmuth’s 19-year-old record.
  • In November 2010, auctioned off his Main Event bracelet for $147,500, donating the proceeds to UNICEF.

Joe Cada

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Joe Cada

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Joe “The Kid” Cada
Born: 1987/11/18 (Shelby Charter, MI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2009)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 28
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $10,516,488
Quote: “It still has not hit me yet. I don’t know what to think… I have really put a lot into this. I have been playing poker for some time, and to come here and win it in my very first year — I feel very fortunate.” — Joe Cada (2009).
  • Became the youngest player to win the WSOP Main Event (21 years, 11 months, and 22 days), beating Peter Eastgate’s year-old record by almost a year.

Jonathan Duhamel

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Jonathan Duhamel

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Jonathan Duhamel
Born: 1987/08/24 (Boucherville, Canada)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2010)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 36
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $17,886,463
Quote: “There is no doubt that my goal is to get an EPT/WPT title and other WSOP bracelets as soon as possible, but it seems like I’m doing much better in the side events than the Main Event recently. Lots of those side event are High Rollers though so I can’t complain.” — Jonathan Duhamel (November 2, 2013 PokerStrategy.com interview).
  • Won two WSOP High Roller events in 2015 ($111,111 One Drop and €25,600 No Limit Hold ‘Em in Europe).
  • Had his Main Event bracelet stolen and was badly beaten when his ex-girlfriend arranged a home robbery in 2011.

Pius Heinz

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Pius Heinz

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Pius Heinz
Born: 1989/05/04 (Odendorf, Germany)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2011)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 5
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $9,028,569
Quote: “The November Nine was an incredible bonding experience between players. You have exactly eight other people in the world who feel what you feel and are going through what you’re going through. Nobody else understands it…” — Pius Heinz (November 10, 2011 PocketFives interview).
  • Less than two weeks before the 2011 Main Event, Heinz recorded his first live cash, final tabling the $1,500 No Limit Hold ‘Em tourney for $83,286.

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WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Nines

[LL] “The Nines run from to 2004 to 2007”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Greg Raymer

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Greg Raymer

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Greg “Fossilman” Raymer
Born: 1964/06/25 (Minot, ND)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2004)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 31
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $7,696,830
Quote: “You have to play really good, and you have to run really good.” — Greg Raymer (2004).
  • Patent attorney known as “Fossilman” for his fossil-collecting hobby.
  • Also cashed in the 2005 WSOP Main Event (Last Former Champ Standing in 25th for $304,680) and 2016 (122nd for $49,108).

Joe Hachem

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Joe Hachem

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Joe “Diamond Joe” Hachem
Born: 1966/03/11 (Lebanon)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2005)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 26
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $12,261,052
Quote: “Nothing in sport is more transformational. It’s like American Idol #133.” — Joe Hachem (when asked about the 2005 WSOP Main Event).
  • Moved to Australia at age six.
  • Finished 10th in the $1,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em event for $25,850 and his first WSOP cash just three days before the 2005 Main Event began.

Jamie Gold

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Jamie Gold

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Jamie “Golden Boy” Gold
Born: 1969/08/25 (Kansas City, MO)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2006)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 6
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $12,588,364
Quote: “It really doesn’t matter what style you play, but it’s very important that you know how you play. If you aren’t conscious of your own style, it leaves the door wide open for your opponents to figure you out.”
  • Born as Jamie M. Usher, but his mother remarried Dr. Robert Gold.
  • His clients as a talent agent have included Jimmy Fallon and Lucy Liu.
  • Half of his $12 million first prize went to Crispin Leyser from a Bodog.com deal.

Jerry Yang

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Jerry Yang

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Jerry “The Shadow” Yang
Born: 1968 (Laos)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2007)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 7
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $8,443,075
Quote: “The woman who paid my [college] tuition asked me to promise to show the same kindness to others that I had received. This is now my life’s mission. It’s why I fulfilled my vow to use my winnings for good and why I live the way I do today… Whatever you have, whether a lot or a little, use it for good. That is the mark of a true champion.” — Jerry Yang (All In, 2007).
  • When he was a child, his family desperately escaped from Laos to Thailand.
  • Was working at a foster care agency working with at-risk children when he discovered the World Series of Poker while surfing television channels.
  • Donated ten percent of his $8,250,000 first prize to his church, some local charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Ronald McDonald House.

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WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Eights

[LL] “The Eights run from to 2000 to 2003”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Chris Ferguson

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Chris Ferguson

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Chris “Jesus” Ferguson
Born: 1963/04/11 (Los Angeles, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2000)
WSOP Bracelets: 6
WSOP Cashes: 97
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $8,971,790
Quote: “Take a break from the game. Often, stepping away can give you a fresh perspective and heightened motivation to play well when you return.” — Chris Ferguson.
  • Won his first bracelet and reached two other final tables in the weeks before his 2000 WSOP Main Event championship.
  • Won the 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Championship for $500,000.

Carlos “El Matador” Mortensen

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Carlos Mortensen

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Carlos “El Matador” Mortensen
Born: 1972/04/13 (Ambato, Ecuador)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2001)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 39
WPT Titles: 3
Live Earnings: $12,107,757
Poker
Hall of Fame
2016
Quote: “¡Viva España!” — Carlos Mortensen (after winning the WSOP Main Event in 2001; he became the first European inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2016).
  • Moved to Spain when he was young then to the U.S. in the late 90’s. His actual name is Juan Carlos Mortensen, but somehow the “Juan” got lost when he came to the U.S.
  • Bubbled the final table of the 2013 WSOP Main Event for $573,204.

Robert Varkonyi

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Robert Varkonyi

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Robert Varkonyi
Born: 1961/10/07 (New York, NY)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2002)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 5
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,306,777
Quote: “I was totally focused, played nearly perfect poker, and caught a few lucky breaks. I played very gutsy and with no fear. But today it’s different; when I won it we were only 631 entrants. Now you need even more luck and also more endurance.” — Robert Varkonyi (2002)
  • Last Former Champ Standing in the 2011 WSOP, finishing 514th; also finished 177th in 2007.
  • Won the 2010 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza III $500 No Limit Hold ‘Em for $65,032 for his second biggest cash.

Chris Moneymaker

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Chris Moneymaker

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Chris “Money” Moneymaker
Born: 1975/11/21 (Atlanta, GA)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (2003)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 5
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $3,714,146
Quote: “I was a little underestimated because no one knew who I was. If I can win it, anybody can.” — Chris Moneymaker (2003).
  • First online qualifier to win the WSOP Main Event.
  • Following his Main Event victory, the number of entrants jumped from 839 to 2,576 to 5,619 to 8,773.

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WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Sevens

[LL] “The Sevens run from to 1995 to 1999”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Dan Harrington

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Dan Harrington

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Dan “Action Dan” Harrington
Born: 1945/12/06 (Cambridge, MA)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1995)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 13
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $6,618,963
Poker
Hall of Fame
2010
Quote: “[My favorite starting hand is] Aces. And people ask me what my second favorite hand is, I say kings. All these people who love 7-2 or whatever, they’re morons.” — Dan Harrington (July 2009 All In magazine interview).
  • Final tabled the WSOP Main Event in 1987 (6th), 2003 (3rd), and 2004 (4th).
  • Authored the seminal Harrington on Hold ’em series with Bill Robertie.
  • Won the 1972 Massachusetts Chess Championship.

Huck Seed

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Huck Seed

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Huck “Iceman” Seed
Born: 1969/01/15 (Santa Clara, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1996)
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 52
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $7,647,267
Quote: “I think playing all the games makes it fun and different, it just kind of keeps it fresh. There are so many different forms of poker, it’s great that the World Series has every different event.” — Huck Seed (May 29, 2009 Bluff magazine interview).
  • Has a sister named Caraway and brothers Cotton and Leif.
  • Was attending CalTech when he discovered poker and dropped out.
  • Won the 2009 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship for $500,000.

Scotty Nguyen

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Scotty Nguyen

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Scotty “Prince of Poker” Nguyen
Born: 1962/10/28 (Nha Trang, Vietnam)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1998)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 55
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $11,939,878
Poker
Hall of Fame
2013
Quote: “Playing the Big One, Baby, is like playing the Masters, I imagine. Hard to describe — it’s definitely a real natural high, Baby!” — Scotty Nguyen (1998).
  • Satellited into the 1998 WSOP Main Event backed by Mike Matusow.
  • Bubbled the final table of the 2007 WSOP Main Event.

Noel Furlong

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Noel Furlong

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Noel Furlong
Born: 1937/12/25 (Dublin, Ireland)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1999)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,145,806
Quote: “I worked hard, but it was 99 percent luck.” — Noel Furlong (May 13, 1999 after winning the WSOP Main Event).
  • J.J., who earned his nickname by being born on Christmas Day, owned a successful carpet-making business before learning poker under the tutelage of Terry Rogers.
  • Exited in 6th from the 1989 Main Event when Johnny Chan picked off his bluff.

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WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Sixes

[LL] “The Sixes run from to 1991 to 1994”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Brad Daugherty

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Brad Daugherty

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Brad Daugherty
Born: 1951/07/05 (Mountain Grove, MO)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1991)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 20
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,825,415
Quote: “As anyone that has been here [in the Philippines] knows, there are lots of homeless kids and people living in poverty. I am always helping kids and families that I see in need. I thought, why not just auction the bracelet off and use it where it could do some good, rather than just let it sit in the US in a safe deposit box.” — Brad Daugherty (July 2011, auctioning off his Main Event bracelet).
  • Worked in construction and welding before moving to Las Vegas to become a poker pro in 1978.
  • Finished 9th in the WSOP Main Event just two years after winning.

Hamid Dastmalchi

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Hamid Dastmalchi

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Hamid Dastmalchi
Born: 1952 (Iran)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1992)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 10
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,826,357
Quote: “They say it’s [his Main Event bracelet] worth $5,000, but I’d take $1,500 for it.” — Hamid Dastmalchi (moments before he sold it to Ted Forrest for three $500 poker chips around 2002).
  • Had immigrated to the U.S. to be a real estate developer before discovering Texas Hold ‘Em.
  • Reached the WSOP Main Event final table again in 1995, finishing fourth.

James Bechtel

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James Bechtel

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James “Jim” Bechtel
Born: 1952 (Arizona?)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1993)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 22
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,566,705
Quote: “John [Bonetti] pretty much had the lead the entire tournament, so I always had a few less chips than he did. But I felt real comfortable because John was a guy that really gambled and like to take risks out of position. I thought I could eventual trap him and I did.” — Jim Bechtel (July 7, 2013 Las Vegas Sun, on knocking Bonetti out in 3rd place in the 1993 WSOP Main Event)
  • Worked in Coolidge, Arizona as a cotton farmer when he started playing poker.
  • Also final tabled the WSOP Main Event in 1988, when he finished 6th for $49,000.
  • Finished 4th in the 2006 WSOP $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. for $549,120.

Russ Hamilton

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Russ Hamilton

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Russ Hamilton
Born: 1948 (Detroit, MI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1994)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 8
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,526,243
Quote: “Jack [Binion] still owes me 30 pounds more of silver if he wants to pay me, because I really weighed 360 pounds when I got weighed for the silver in 1994.” — Russ Hamilton (June 16, 2008 PokerNews interview with Tom Sexton where he admitted he claimed to be only 330 pounds out of embarrassment when he maxed out the scale at 300).
  • As Main Event champion during the 25th WSOP, Hamilton earned 43 silver bars then valued at $28,512.
  • Worked as a consultant for Ultimate Bet, where he infamously took advantage of hole card information to cheat.

Footnotes:

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    Stats current as of April 27, 2018.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2018 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

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